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Jessica Nicholas

Jessica Nicholas ABC Jazz
Page added Dec 1, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2017

Jessica ranges widely across the jazz spectrum, with an emphasis on contemporary artists and current releases from Australia and abroad. On-air Thursday at 2pm, repeated Sunday at noon.

Jessica has a particular interest in European jazz, where some of the most interesting developments in jazz are taking place. She is also fascinated by the way jazz and improvised music are influenced by other musical forms such as classical and world music.

Latest Episode

Thu 24 Aug 2:00pm
Sun 27 Aug 12:00pm

Hear from Perth's Tom O'Halloran and Memory of Elements - who won the 2017 Art Music Award for Jazz Work of the Year with 'Now Noise.'

Recent Episodes

Thu 29 Sep 2:00pm
Sun 2 Oct 12:00pm

Chris Abrahams might be best known for his work with trio The Necks, but he's also maintained a separate identity as a unique solo artist.

Thu 22 Sep 2:00pm
Sun 25 Sep 12:00pm

Japanese culture and influences are a common thread in this week's show, which features artists either from or inspired by Japan and abroad.

Thu 15 Sep 2:00pm
Sun 18 Sep 12:00pm

A specially assembled group of Scandinavian musicians honour the memory of Esbjorn Svensson in a live concert recording from Europe.

Thu 8 Sep 2:00pm
Sun 11 Sep 12:00pm

US saxophonist Sam Sadigursky puts his horn to one side and focuses his attention on the clarinet for his latest album, 'Follow the Stick.'

Thu 1 Sep 2:00pm
Sun 4 Sep 12:00pm

There's a bit of an avian theme running through this week's show, with several tunes dedicated to or inspired by birds of flight.

Thu 25 Aug 2:00pm
Sun 28 Aug 12:00pm

Norway's Marius Neset has created an ambitious new project for jazz quartet and orchestra, aptly titled 'Snowmelt,' and we sample it.


On Aug 23, 2012. 11:39am
Anonymous said

Hi there, I went to check out live Gypsy Jazz at a place called Kulcha in the heart of Freo on Sunday. Couldn't believe its free entry, and every Sunday and started at 4, I think. They had Ashley Arbuckle 'filling in' for the Belleville Quartet.

Just thought it might be something that the other listeners would want to know about too.

Love the music you're playing!


On Aug 18, 2012. 11:08am
Anonymous said

Hi ... can you provide the tracklist for the Thur 9 Aug broadcast ... there was a John Scofield tune that I want to track down. ... Chris

On Aug 4, 2012. 3:35pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica, really enjoyed Best of British with Norma Winstone and the NDR Big Band. Standout track Riverman, the Nick Drake song. Nick Brown, Tawonga, Victoria.

On Jul 2, 2012. 9:20pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica, I woke up to a great track about 1pm on Sunday July 1st, and I found a note in my phone which said 'Jim Jeffries' Did you play a track by this guy around 1pm on Sunday?? If not, can you list a couple of the tunes played either side of 1pm :)

On Jun 17, 2012. 12:59pm
Anonymous said

I just heard a great song by someone called Nadia (around 12.50pm, Sunday 17th June). What was the song and the album it was from? Loved it. aroma_goddessatyahoodotcomdotau.


On May 11, 2012. 3:06pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica,

Today (Friday 11/05) you played a cover of 'In the Dark' by a female vocalist around 3pm. It was fantastic! Who was the artist?


On Apr 23, 2012. 11:05am
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica,
Can you help with a recently played question please? Last Friday early afternoon - a track by a 'drummer as band leader' recent release. I seem to remember it being a European artist. Very organic and textured with an open 'room sound' ????
Kind Regards,

Paul G Man

On Apr 17, 2012. 2:46pm
Anonymous said

hi jessica, last sunday (15/4) you played, around 1.40pm, a track from a young english saxophone player named josh something (peleydo?). can't find a playlist from your program. is is possible to let me know who it was. he was sensational. cheers, david


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